Patch didn’t do anything wrong. But that didn’t stop his owner surrendering him to us because he took too much time to look after. At least that was what he told us.
It was quickly discovered that poor little Patch had some pretty serious health concerns. He was limping on his back leg, and when the x-rays came back it showed major bone changes within the hip joint. The poor guy was walking and running on a joint that was basically bone-on-bone.
Our vet team decided the best course of action would be a femoral head excision, where the top of the thigh bone is removed to take away the source of rubbing. Patch had to endure five days of cage rest and then another four weeks of intensive rehabilitation. Things were looking up, the leg was healing well and his rehabilitation was progressing.
But then whilst in foster care, several weeks after surgery, he started to have problems putting weight on the back leg again. Patch was showing signs of pain when extending his leg out and rotating through the hip. It became clear the only way Patch would lead a pain-free life was to have the leg removed.
Patch underwent his second major surgery in as many months, and after several days of cage rest he moved in temporarily with one of our vet nurses to recover fully.
Despite his ordeal, Patch’s zest for life hasn’t diminished at all with the loss of the leg – in fact he looks so much happier without the leg which was causing him so much pain.
When animals come in to our care, we don’t always find out the whole story. But we will never refuse an animal. We will do everything we can to give them a second chance to live out their life, pain-free with a loving family of their own.
Will you help animals like Patch who rely on us to give them another chance?
Animal Emergency Fund FAQ’s
- Q: What happens to the funds if more is raised than what is needed?
- A: If there are any funds leftover after medical treatment is provided to the animal, it will be directed back into the Animal Emergency Fund to help pay for treatment for the many other animals that need our help.
- Q: What happens to the animals if the fundraising target isn’t reached?
- A: We are committed to providing the best possible care for all creatures great and small. As a result, we will provide each and every animal with the care and treatment they need even if we aren’t able to reach the total fundraising target.
- Q: Why can’t RSPCA South Australia pay for this treatment themselves?
- A: RSPCA South Australia is a non-government, community based charity. We rely on the generous support of the community for 90% of our funding. Without donations from the community, through campaigns such as the Animal Emergency Fund, we simply could not be there for animals in need.
- Q: Why have some animals already had surgery?
- A: Sometimes animals come to us with such serious, life-threatening conditions that require immediate treatment. Fundraising for these animals is still just as important as we need recover the funds we spent on the animal’s treatment so we can continue to care for others who need our help.
- Q: Will you keep my information secure?
- Q: Is my gift tax deductible and will I get a receipt for it?
- A: Yes, any gift over $2 that is made to RSPCA South Australia is tax deductible. You will receive an official receipt emailed immediately to the email address you supplied when making your donation. If you have any further questions or if you haven’t received your receipt, you can also contact us directly on 1300 4 777 22, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Q: My animal needs surgery and I can’t afford it. Can I add them to this list?
- A: Unfortunately, no. This website is to raise funds for animals that are in RSPCA South Australia’s care and custody. If you have financial trouble and your pet is in need of medical treatment or surgery, please contact us on 1300 4 777 22 so we can talk to you about your options. It is important that all animals receive the medical treatment they need.